The Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Hello, and welcome to my party post for the Ultimate Blog Party 2009. Please sit down and make yourself at home. While you’re here, you should enter our Lavender Cottage Jewelry Giveaway. I also invite to check out my fabulous sponsors and vote in our latest poll.

And I hope you’ll consider subscribing to my RSS feeds and newsletters, and come back each week to check out my featured recipes, my monthly dessert carnival, and other great features. And don’t forget to drop me a line, so I can come to your party too!

For those of you who are new to my site, let me introduce myself. My name is Jerri. I’m from the great state of Alabama, and I’ve been married to my college sweetheart and best friend for 2 years. We just moved into our first house last fall and are making plans to start a family in the near future.

My blog is called Simply Sweet Home, and I write on a variety of topics for housewives and moms. My most popular feature is my Recipe of the Week, which I submit to several great carnivals each week. I also post a lot of housekeeping and organizing tips, as well as craft and decor ideas, money saving tips, and product reviews. And I participate in Menu Plan Monday over at Org Junkie each week.

Each month I host my own dessert carnival called Sweet Thursday . And I’d love for you to join me. To participate all you have to do is send in a photo of a dessert you’ve made, and I’ll include your photo and link in my round-up post. My next carnival is April 9, and I’ll be featuring Easter & Spring desserts. If you’d like to participate, come check out the details.

And speaking of desserts, let’s get back to our party by “having” a little food.

You can start off with our special appetizer: Black Bean Spirals:

Or go straight to our main course: We have Easy Chicken & Dumplins:

Or Chicken Cordon Bleu this evening:

And of course, you have to save room for dessert! We have a lovely Coconut Cream Cake.

And Pistachio Dessert Salad …it’s an old family recipe!

And if you’re still hungry, check out some of the items in our left sidebar!

Now for the UBP prizes…If I should be so lucky as to win a UBP prize my favorites are the Kitchen Aid Mixer from Moms Who Think (USC 28), a $100 gift certificate to Pedal Cards & Retro (USC 1), or a $50 gift certificate to Target, being offered by more than one blog, but I’ll link to Agoosa (USC 21).

Thank you so much for partying with me. Don’t forget to leave a comment, and please consider becoming a follower or subscribing to my newsletter and RSS feed. And on your way out, be sure to take a balloon for the kids!



  1. Juliana RW says

    hmmm…looks yummy all of it 😉

    I am participate in UBP 09 as well, my personal‘s blog, photo‘s blog, and travel‘s blog. Hope you visit mine as well . Thanks

  2. Pistolmom says

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  3. Stopping by from the party…you had me at Alabama! I am orginally from AL, now living in Panama City…

    Love your topics and I will be back! Can’t wait to try out some fabulous recipes!

    If you have a chance I hope you drop by my place…

  4. Found you through the UBP09 and looking forward to reading your posts!


    feel free to drop by for a visit!

  5. Mmm, all that food looks delicious. Welcome to the party and happy blog hopping 🙂

  6. Wifey Dessert says

    all the recipes look super yummy!!!!

  7. Tamara B. says

    Just popping over from the blog party to say hi and became a subscriber to your blog 🙂

  8. Very nice to meet you!

  9. Hi Jerri! So nice to meet you. I am visiting all the party goer sites. I am participating too! Party on! Sorry, it’s just the old hippie in me coming to the surface. hehe.

  10. Hi Jerri!

    A fellow Alabamian! Found you by way of UBP – your food looks SO yummy…..

    (Want to bring over dinner sometime???) 🙂

    Besides the link in my name, my other sites/ blogs are and

  11. Jerri,

    The recipes look great! Thanks for sharing, I’ll be back for more!

  12. Oh my goodness, you are making me soo hungry looking at all of those delicious goodies!! Nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by my blog!!! have a great week! 🙂

  13. great recipes!

  14. StacieinAtlanta says

    Hi Jerri,

    I am stopping by from The Ultimate Blog Party to check your blog out and say hello. What a great week we are in for!

    Check out my place for your chance to win a LeapFrog Tag Reading System. 🙂

    The Divine Miss Mommy

  15. Donna-FFW says

    All of this food looks damn delicious! Where to begin!! Those black bean spirals are going on my next party list!

  16. Very nice to meet you! Happy UBP hopping!

  17. Cynnamama's Cafe says

    I'm drooling over your coconut cream pie… nobody in my family likes coconut! 🙁 Can't make one just for me and store-bought doesn't taste good as homemade! Have fun with the party & blog hopping… nice meeting you!

  18. valerie2350 says

    Happy UBP! 🙂
    Hope you have a fabulous day!


  19. Sounds wonderful. I want to eat now.

  20. Brea's Mommy says

    Nice to meet you Jerri! Hope you are enjoying the party. I would also like to invite you to participate in Show off your blog Saturday! I would love to read your favorite post! It is never too late to link up!

  21. Hi!

    I am blog hopping for the party. Nice to meet you! I’ll bet you are a fabulous cook! I like the name of your blog, too.

    C. C.

  22. I can taste that coconut cream pie right now! Yummy! I look forward to checking out your blog for more great ideas! Happy blog hopping!

  23. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says

    I am new to the blog world.

    So glad that I found your blog. I Love it.

    Hope you will come by and visit me.


  24. Comfort Joy Designs says

    Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.


  25. coliebear says

    I have bookmarked you to come back for the dessert carnival. I love getting new ideas and recipes.

  26. love your blog and the food looks delicious, Happy UBP!

  27. stopping by from UBP. Will be back for more!
    ~Beth@It’s a Wonderful Life

  28. Wow the food looks super delish. I am out and about party hopping. I am new to blogging and having fun at my first blog party.
    Thanks for inviting us to stop by for a visit. I love finding new recipes.

  29. Yummy blog. Thanks! I’, party hopping and will be stuffed full by the end I can tell.

  30. Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says

    Thanks everyone for visiting. I will visit all of your blogs as soon as I can.

  31. Upstatemomof3 says

    Oh my goodness!! Everything looks wonderful. It is 12 am and I am now starving. I am going to have to go t bed now to keep from devouring mt kitchen. Thanks for inviting me to your party. 🙂

  32. Simply Sara says

    Oh, yum- that coconut cream pie is calling my name 🙂

  33. Super Fun Mama says

    I just stopped by, blog hopping as part of UBP 2009. It is very nice to meet you. I have a blog at; It’s a toddler learning blog. I’d love to have you for a visit! I am loving UBP! Have a magical day. I have a goal of trying to visit 150 blogs per day, whew! Let’s hope the little one takes long naps for the next few days.

  34. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Your blog is so fun! I can’t wait to hear about all your wonderful tips and ideas…and don’t forget the dessert recipes!! haha!

    I’ve added you to my blog roll!

    Have fun blog hoppin’!

    Veronnica =)

  35. Hi! thanks for visiting my site. It was fun here…those food are all yummy 🙂

    Have a great day and have fun partying!

  36. Wow reading your post made me very hungry!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  37. Cooking and the City says

    Wow Jerri you’ve been cooking up a storm while I was away. it all looks fabulous! 🙂

  38. Delicious post! Happy UBP.

  39. I love your blog! I will definately be back…nice to meet you! Check out my blog, make a comment under the "Ultimate Blog Party " post and be eligible to win a prize!!!!!! :>)
    Hurray for the UBP!!!

  40. Here for the party….wish I could try some of your yummy-looking dishes! 🙂

  41. JamericanSpice says

    Nice to meet you!

    Talk about a party!

    I’m quite intrigued and am learning how to get around!

    Just stopping by from 5minutes for moms blog party!

  42. I’m “blog hopping” via the Ultimate Blog Party. It’s nice to meet you. 🙂

    Those pictures are making me hungry!

  43. Fruitfulvine2 says

    Hi there. Thanks for stopping by my party. Nice to meet you at this year’s UBP.

  44. Aimee Wilson says

    Hi Jerri,

    Thanks for visiting my blog at Occasions To Savor. Now that I’m here at yours – WOW! I will be signing up to stay in touch. Enjoy the UBP ’09!

    Savor life’s best,

  45. Groovewoman ♫ says

    Okay all of the desserts on your page look so yummy, i nearly started licking the screen! hahaha!

    Howdy! I am coming to you via the Ultimate Blog Party…I saw your name and I believe that we have met before, but wasn’t sure. I’m still not sure. But either way it’s nice to meet you. You are VERY CRAFTY!! I’ll come back to read more soon.


  46. Oh my – I just finished supper, but those pictures made me hungry! Love your blog! I’ve made myself a note about your dessert carnival so that I can participate next time. Have a great night!

  47. Mommiedaze says

    Oh, yum! That all looks really good. Now I’m hungry. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you’re having a great time UBP hopping!

  48. Home decor, food…yum, I love your blog. Good to know about your carnival, I’ll definitely drop by!
    carla (papercrafts-obsessed mother of two)

  49. Stopping by from UBP to say “hi” – party on 🙂

  50. Hi stopping over from UBP….yay party party party!!!!

    Your pics are tempting…yum!!! Hoping to send you a recipe soon….for an Indian dessert :> (We call it 'payasam'-made with vermicelli, milk, cardamom and sugar (thats it!!)

    Come on over to my blog…its real new….so do visit/subscribe/follow

  51. LISSALYNN2006 says

    defintly will be back……………

  52. Kate@Blog Buttons says

    I am enjoying all these blogs. Yours is one of the best especially your graphics.

  53. Eliza@Household Tips Blog says

    Happy blog party! I enjoy very much these blogs especially yours!

  54. Monik@Pregnancy Blog says

    your blog is very helpful. I am really having fun looking at all these blogs

  55. Shannan P says

    Thanks so much for stopping by my party! Loving finding new friends through this every year!

  56. ahappyhippy mom says

    I’m doing some blog hopping from the UBP and stopping in to say hi! The coconut cream cake looks awesome!

  57. Can you put a piece of that pie in the mail for me? It looks delicious!
    believedreamcourage (at)

  58. Tiaras and Tantrums says

    Hello – here on the party route – still trying to meet up with all the blogs – have been to 250+ so far – last day! Lovely to meet your blog!!

  59. TwinHappyJen says

    Dessert Carnival? I have never heard anything that sounded more fun! 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check out your blog more later… (I’m just bookmarking everyone right now, while I blog-hop my way through the party :-p)

    Feel free to check out my blog, too! While I found the party too late to be part of the official prize giveaways, I do have a door prize at my blog: I’m giving away a free print copy of my book, “Two Snowflakes.” Here’s my address:

    It was nice to meet you!

  60. joyfulnotes says

    Hi! Stopping by all the blogs of the visitors to MY party! Thanks for stopping by!!! You have a lovely blog, great ideas!

  61. PrissyGreen says

    you have so much great stuff here, where am I supposed to begin with the recipes!

    thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I love yours! a new piece of the pie!


  62. After looking at your post I’m starving! Yum!
    I’m still just blog hopping through the Ultimate Blog Party link list. I didn’t want to miss out on any blogs… but I just ran out of party time. So… I’m still working my way down the list… even though the party is technically over.
    Stop in on my blog if you’ve got a minute! Or… if you’re still up for a party post… you could stop by my party anytime!

  63. Hi, still trying to catch up for the blog party! Hope you had fun,I know I did!

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